Painting

Shaun Ellison: Islanders

Argyle Waterfall I 36 1/2 x 30" on canvas, 2015

Argyle Waterfall I 36 1/2 x 30″ on canvas, 2015

Shaun Ellison’s solo exhibition (at Anna Zorina Gallery) was inspired by a trip to the Caribbean island of Tobago.

Islanders-Installation

Installation View, Anna Zorina Gallery, NYC

His  paintings  feature what the gallery calls “powerful harmonies  of  bold  color that instill the works with a distinctive optical vibration” characteristic of the Caribbean.

Though Shall not make a graven image 48 x 60 inches oil on canvas 2015

Though Shalt not make a graven image 48 x 60 inches oil on canvas 2015

As a visitor, Ellison was never able “to achieve a feeling of being completely engaged,” notes for the exhibition say. His feeling of being an outsider translates into “loose generalizing strokes of tones often layered to create a distorted perception.”

Back Bay 60 x 48 inches oil on canvas 2015

Back Bay 60 x 48 inches oil on canvas 2015

November 15th 58 x 44 inches oil on canvas 2015

November 15th 58 x 44 inches oil on canvas 2015

Englishman's Bay 64 x 73 inches oil on canvas 2015

Englishman’s Bay 64 x 73 inches oil on canvas 2015

Looking for My Ancestors 70 x 50 inches oil on canvas 2015

Looking for My Ancestors 70 x 50 inches oil on canvas 2015

The South African-born, New York-based artist is on exhibition through December.

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  1. It does feel distant, his “distorted perception” works for me personally as it is a distant shore. The colors warm me, even in the cool of the waterfall. The last painting here is splendid!

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